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Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
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Dec 15, 11

bookshelves: verse-novel, 2011-release, read-2011, want-paperback, debut-authors, minority-groups
Read from December 13 to 15, 2011, read count: 1

4/5

Lyrical and tragically beautiful,
UNDER THE MESQUITE is an
inspired story that elicits both
pain, and hope, in the
readers that dare to read it.

Written in free verse,
this debut novel holds vast
literary merit--the focal image/symbol,
the mesquite, becomes so embedded within
the pages of this book that
readers will feel all that the mesquite
represents.

There are very powerful messages in this book,
bringing to light:
the things that many
people take for granted, and also
how powerful a place/person/thing
can be.

The Latino culture
was drawn out extraordinarily well,
as language, sights and sounds
tend to the senses;
there is a glossary
at the back, however I
found it difficult to keep on
flipping to it constantly (Netgalley).

Lupita's inner strength and
hopes and dreams
will surely strike a chord in
the hearts and minds of young readers.
She finds such solace under the mesquite, that
when she loses someone to whom
she loved dearly and admired, the sight of the tree
hits her har
everytime.

The cover is gorgeous, highlighting
the central figures in the novel.

I would really love to see UNDER THE MESQUITE
in every good school library.

~QUOTES TO COME SOON~

Review to be posted on the blog at a later date.
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Reading Progress

12/13/2011 page 28
19.0% "28, I think. There are no page numbers! Very very quick, but even so the emotions are so very palpable. I bet I'll be in tears by the end of this."
12/14/2011 page 50
35.0% "Gah, I don't know the actual page number! On Netgalley there are 239 pages . . . I'm on 112 there."

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